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Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation: Combine on the mind

2020 NFL Draft preview.

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Welcome to Week Four of the Draft Simulation! The Draft Network’s simulator got fired up again to take us through another possible scenario of how the 2020 NFL Draft could play out for the Philadelphia Eagles. With the NFL Combine over, we have more important information on some of the top prospects in this class that could impact draft stock.

Round 1, Pick 21: Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Other Players Available:

  • K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
  • Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama
  • AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

To say this is a dream scenario is an understatement. Henry Ruggs III is a draft darling of Philadelphia fans everywhere and that was before he turned the NFL Combine into his personal playground. 4.27 second 40-yard dash, 42 inch vertical, 132 inch broad jump… Those numbers are Herculean, even for a player everyone expected to do well. Ruggs III making it to pick 21 seems like a fantasy at this point, but hey I won’t argue with the simulator.

Round 2, Pick 53: Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver, Baylor

Other Players Available:

  • KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State
  • Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle, TCU
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Running Back, LSU

A bit rich to pick another wide receiver this early? Actually, no. The Eagles’ wide receiver corps needs a total overhaul. Denzel Mims has had a rockstar offseason with a great showing in the Senior Bowl and then blowing up the combine. The 6’3”, 203 pounder ran a sub 4.4 40, had an excellent three-cone time (6.66 seconds) and had great jumps. Where Ruggs III is more of an “on the ground” threat, Mims is more of an “above the rim” type of wide receiver. Could you imagine those two growing in the Philly offense with Carson Wentz?

Round 3, Pick 85: Amik Robertson, Cornerback, Louisiana Tech

Other Players Available:

  • Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame
  • Troy Pride Junior, Cornerback, Notre Dame
  • Malik Harrison, Linebacker, Ohio State

Fourth week in a row. Can you tell I have favorites? Amik Robertson is a day-one playmaker for the Eagles.

Round 4, Pick 117: Evan Weaver, Linebacker, Cal

Other Players Available:

  • KJ Hill, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
  • Ezra Cleveland, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
  • Shane Lemieux, Offensive Guard, Oregon

Evan Weaver is a high-floor type of prospect who can come in and immediately contribute as a two down linebacker. Weaver is a cerebral football player and plays like his hair is on fire all the same time. He is a physical tackler and was a monster for Cal during his career. Weaver exceeded expectations at the Combine and could potentially grow into an every down starter in the NFL.

Round 5, Pick 148: Julian Blackmon, Safety, Utah

Other Players Available:

  • Tyler Johnson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
  • Michael Pittman Junior, Wide Receiver, USC
  • McTelvin Agim, Defensive Tackle, Arkansas

Blackmon is another player who will be a mid-round favorite of mine. The former cornerback has a lot of NFL upside with his size, athleticism and tackling ability. He will continue to grow as a safety and can play either safety position and slot cornerback.

Round 5, Pick 150: Michael Onwenu, Guard, Michigan

Other Players Available:

  • Jack Driscoll, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
  • Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas
  • Jordan Fuller, Safety, Ohio State

Another regular in these simulations. Onwenu is an intriguing developmental players to add some youth to the Eagles offensive line.

Round 6, Pick 170: Kendall Coleman, Edge, Syracuse

Other Players Available:

  • Reggie Floyd, Safety, Virginia Tech
  • Laverne Hill, Cornerback, Michigan
  • Lamical Perine, Running Back, Florida

Kendall Coleman is a low-ceiling prospect who can still potentially work into the lineup early as a rotational guy do to his savvy and great reputation in the locker room. Coleman is a high character player with a great motor, playing strength and awareness. He is not a stud athlete, but a truly solid player who could potentially be a contributor on defense or special teams.

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